Southwest Monsoon over whole of India likely to be normal in July: IMD
The monsoon showers in the entire country are likely to be normal in July as per the Indian Meteorological Department statement on Thursday.
In the forecast for July, IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said rainfall is not expected to be good in the first week, but it is likely to pick up in the second half of the second week of July.
"Monthly rainfall for July 2021 over the country as a whole is most likely to be normal (94 to 106 per cent of Long Period Average)," the IMD said.
It added that below normal to normal rainfall probability is likely over many areas of northwest India and some parts of south peninsula, central, east and northeast India. Normal to above normal rainfall is most likely to experience over parts of central India and adjacent areas of peninsular India and Gangetic plains.
The IMD will issue the forecast for the rainfall during the second half of the season towards the end of July or beginning of August.
In June, India received 10 per cent more rainfall than normal, the IMD said on Wednesday. The northernmost limit of southwest monsoon is currently passing through Barmer, Bhilwara, Dholpur, Aligarh, Meerut, Ambala and Amritsar.
"Since June 19 there has not been any progress of monsoon," the IMD said, suggesting that most of the advancement of the monsoon was recorded between June 3-19. The monsoon made onset over Kerala on June 3.
"For the country as a whole, cumulative rainfall during this year's Southwest Monsoon till June 30 has been above normal by about 10 per cent above Long Period Average (LPA)," the weatherman said.
According to the IMD, the further advancement of southwest monsoon into the remaining parts of Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab is not likely till July 7.